It’s slightly awkward when you turn up to an event wearing the same t-shirt as someone. For bands, it must be pretty weird when you turn up to perform at a gig and one of the support slots is playing a bastardised attempt at your own sound. Black Lips are probably used to the copy cats stealing their vibe by now, but even they must’ve been impressed by the new slant put upon it by London trio French Kissing during a recent support slot in the capital.
They’ve cleared been affected by the whole psych-rock movement, but it’s a concoction that has been proven to work. It’s not as if they’re blindly copying either, using the garage punk of their forefathers as a blueprint and spicing it up with some on-trend surf rock melodies. The band would probably view the trans-atlantic twang to their sound as a compliment rather than anything else, but that’s one of the most positive things about any local music scene at the moment is simply how eclectioc it is. One day, this kind of cultural egemony is probably going to eat itself, but for the moment let’s feast on it’s scuzzy, blues infused meat until we feel sick.
French Kissing – You just don’t know what love is for